The Rosenbach Podcast: Episode 11

The Refugees – The Activism of Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach on the Eve of World War Two

As the Jewish people faced persecution under the Nazi regime, Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach, a prominent member of the Jewish American community, sprang into action to raise funds for refugees by means of a charity book auction held in New York.  This episode of The Rosenbach Podcast reveals how Dr. Rosenbach activated his social and civic networks for a cause he believed in—and which other luminous figures in the American book world of the time lent their support.  

Read more about Dr. Rosenbach’s charity auction and view photos of related documents from our collection here.

Cover of the catalogue for the charitable auction held at the Hotel Plaza, New York City, December 8, 1938. This copy belonged to John Fleming, who catalogued the items for sale. Note the Rockwell Kent image featured on the cover. Ro1 938b copy 3
Letter from Irving Berlin to Dr. Rosenbach, November 8, 1938. RCo I:015:05
Letter from Edna Ferber to Dr. Rosenbach, October 28, 1938. RCo I:015:05